An initiative to strengthen community spirit and tackle crime in Halliwell was launched on Monday 10 July by police and Bolton Council.
Operation Viking, which will run into October, involves more officers working in the area and focusing in particular on those who trade in stolen goods.
To mark the launch of the operation, raids were carried out at the Quick Cash premises on Chorley Old Road and at 11 other properties across Bolton, resulting in eight arrests* for drug offences. All suspects were from the Halliwell area.
Reassurance leaflets were delivered to neighbouring premises and households as the raids were executed, and messages were sent out on Twitter to inform people what was happening.
Following the raid at Quick Cash, a community event was staged directly opposite at the ‘Cop Shop’ mobile police station on the Victory car park.
It was attended by key members of the Viking team, including local police officers, the council’s community safety team and Councillors Linda Thomas and Akhtar Zaman, and allowed residents and businesses to talk to those involved and ask questions about the initiative.
The community safety team handed out crime prevention materials and newsletters focusing on Halliwell, and community volunteers were on hand to inform people about the work they do. Police mascot ‘Pippa the Panda’ was also available to hand out stickers and balloons to children.
Chief Inspector Carol Martin, who is leading on Operation Viking, said: “This fresh injection of officers is intended to support the good work that is already being done in Halliwell by the local neighbourhood policing team. As well as working closely with the council, we want the community to get involved by contacting us with information about criminal activity, so we can work with them to resolve any issues.
“It is vital that we work together to drive down crime in the area, and I would urge people to always say no if they are offered stolen goods, as there is a victim behind each one. Finally, I have a simple message for anyone buying or selling such items – we are committed to rooting out offenders, and will use all our powers to bring you to justice.”
For non-emergency calls or to report a crime call police on 101, or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/bolton
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.
Use 999 only in emergencies where there is a threat to life or property or a crime in progress.
A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.
Three men, aged 33, 24 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs.
Two men, aged 24 and 21, and two women, aged 25 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs.